Funding to boost pre-test education in Hampshire

11.57 | 26 April | | 3 comments

A driver training school has been awarded more than £22,000 of funding by Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner to broaden its work to educate pre-test drivers.

accelerate Driver Training, based in Yateley, says the funding from PCC Michael Lane will help it deliver road safety education to more than 1,000 students and 200 parents during the next 12 months.

The accelerate Safer Young Driver Workshop covers topics including speeding, drink driving and using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Participants are challenged to wear ‘beer goggles’ and use a mobile phone while riding a pedal go-kart, designed to highlight the dangers of impairment and distraction – and the ‘importance of driving within the law’.

The workshop also utilises virtual reality to provide a ‘realistic experience of a road traffic collision’ and will soon feature a brake reaction tester to illustrate the importance of the two-second gap.

Rob Tillier, founder and director of accelerate Driver Training, said: “It upsets me enormously when talented youngsters’ lives are lost in avoidable circumstances. We are great believers in education in preference to enforcement but recognise the need for both.  

“This funding will enable us to extend our young driver safety education work into more than the one school and one college which we currently support, and broaden the experience which we can provide.  

“With our innovative programme of events, we expect to reach in excess of 1,000 students and 200 parents during this coming financial year.

“We will never know whether we save a life or prevent a life-changing injury, but all of the evidence suggests that we will.”


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    Out of interest when clicking on the link to the Accelerate Driver Training website. You are confronted with the image of a young girl, her name, age, school and where she lives.

    How can this sit well with GDPR and data protection. The police appear to have given money to an organisation flouting the new GDPR regulations and data protection issues.


    Keith
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    Unfortunately I can’t help thinking that the choice of the word ‘accelerate’ as a Trade Mark and a website called ‘go-accelerate’ was not the best one for a scheme like this, especially when one of the topics covered is speeding. Even the ‘accelerate’ logo is stylised to give the impression of speed.


    Hugh Jones
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    Is it possible to be directed to all the evidence that shows pre-test training works.
    One would assume that with Police budgets being tight the evidence will have been looked at and is readily available.

    Its also interesting to see that an insurance company at the Young Driver Seminar has stated that pre-test training does not work.


    James
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